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Exhibitions and Speakers for Inspiration

6 December 2006 by Mother Superior

At the end of November, I was at the B2B North West exhibition at GMEX in Manchester and was very impressed with one thing in particular: They had some very influential and successful entrepreneurs speaking.

I initially went along to record Jacqueline Gold CEO of Ann Summers talking about the challenges that she’s overcome to build her £150m a year business. The podcast, part of our Chamber View series is now available for download on our website and is well worth a listen.

Not surprisingly she championed the Internet as a fantastic sales channel, citing almost 100% growth in sales over the last year.

But Jacqueline wasn’t the only inspiring speaker at the exhibition. Sahar Hashemi, Simon Woodroffe, Gerald Ratner and Bob Geldof were all giving their take on ‘making it’ in business. I would say that the speakers were probably the single most important aspect of the exhibition and hope the Manchester community took their chance to learn from all this success.

If you missed out, the Jacqueline Gold interview, conducted by Angie Robinson of the GM Chamber addresses some great topics, including the lack of female entrepreneurs, motivating your workforce and innovative channels for sale.